Is Chavez really, really going to go the violent way? Puerto Cabello indicates a yes...

To Puerto Cabello by the sea, as it should be?
We have to wonder if Chavez and at least part of his acolytes have decided already that if violence is needed for them to stay in office, violence will be used.  Besides multiple threats of civil war, coups, and what not, this mornign we got yet a new escalation in electoral violence when at Puerto Cabello welcoming party for Capriles was attacked by a chavista mob, all in red shirts.

You can read a possible objective account in Associated Press, in English.  but let's look first at the dissociation of Venezuelan official news agency. In it we can read clearly that chavista militants feel it is normal to hold a barrage to a visit by Capriles in Puerto Cabello. Puerto Cabello is red and simply, in the mind of  Mariely Almao, the opposition cannot come there to pretend that they are a majority. A majority where?  In the country? Puerto Cabello? I have put at the end the full ABN news because I think they may erase it or edit it, so outrageous that thing is....

Now let's look at the AP report, which indeed states that both sides hurled stones at each other, but also the damages where all in the pro Capriles camp, in particular a campaign vehicle burnt down. ABN of course does not mention that. Only savages caprilistas attacking poor defenseless chavistas.  We also have a sense that chavismo prepared well the action: 1) the Nazional Guard, which is in charge of all Venezuelan airports was apparently absent and came AFTER the fact to reestablish order and 2) a couple of hundred chavista came, all in uniform, knowing that the welcoming party was not going to be very numerous since the main Capriles activity was going to be elsewhere, just a reception committee not expecting such an onslaught.

Now let's look at other local news source. In El Universal we read that the 200 chavistas came with official vehicle and blocked the airport exit. In fact they did so almost in front the Nazional Guard quarters and these did not go out to stop violence, which is their duty and obligation. In other words they had orders to stay inside.  the opposition counts 4 injured.

El Nacional is telling us that the Nazional Guard is doing nothing to allow people inside the airport to get out.

We do not know whether Capriles managed to make it to the airport. Probably not since Globovision says that no matter what happened at the airport Capriles still made it to Puerto Cabello, more fittingly in a small boat. Confirmed by El Universal also, which takes the opportunity to tells us that so far Capriles has visited 233 towns during his campaign (a sharp contrast to Chavez couple dozen at best).

But I saved the best for last, the tale of the AFP photographer who has been attacked, hurt, stolen his camera and run around by armed chavistas, in the purest fascist manner one can think.  It is interesting to note that Noticias 24 tries to put the best spin, even mentions that Chavez is leading in the polls as if it had anything to do with the AFP guy aggression...

So, what to think?

Clearly, that attack was planned, was meant, just as the attack in La Pastora this week end was prepared though did not take place Capriles preferring to avoid a uselss confrontation.  It is now clear that chavismo is feeling it is losing ground and is starting violence.  Why? To prepare us to accept an electoral coup in October? To mobilize its base by reminding them who is the boss and that only chavista can perpetrate unpunished crimes?

Time to start worrying?

PS, a couple of videos.  they are not great but I am afraid that is all we have to go for now. But you can see clearly that the high aggression is red shirted, no question.

Video 1
Video 2
Más de 25 heridos por simpatizantes de derecha en Puerto Cabello
Puerto Cabello, 12 Sep. AVN.-
Simpatizantes del candidato de la derecha, Henrique Capriles Radonski, y funcionarios de Policarabobo agredieron este miércoles a militantes del Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PUSV) en Puerto Cabello, estado Carabobo, durante una visita del abanderado opositor a esta entidad.

Se contabilizan más 25 simpatizantes socialistas heridos. En su mayoría fueron atendidos en el CDI El Portuario, donde recibieron atención primaria.

Una de las personas heridas, Mariely Almao, denunció que ellos se encontraban realizando actividades a favor del candidato Hugo Chávez y en rechazo a la visita de Capriles, cuando los opositores iniciaron el ataque con piedras, botellas, bombas molotov, cohetes y perdigonazos.

Rechazó esta postura violenta de los sectores que apoyan a Capriles y aseveró que por estas conductas "más nunca volverán a ser gobierno".

Asimismo dijo que las personas que se movilizaban con Capriles no pertenecen a este municipio.

"Puerto Cabello es rojo rojito, no vamos a permitir que traigan gente de afuera para hacer creer que ellos son mayoría. Eso no es así, el pueblo venezolano es chavista", enfatizó.